The Mass of Christian Burial for Norbert H. Yennie, 93, of rural Byron, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Byron, with the Rev. Paul Surprenant officiating. Burial will follow at St. Bernards Catholic Cemetery in Stewartville.
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Mr. Yennie died Sunday, April 13, 2014, of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where he had been a resident since November 2012.
Norbert Henry Yennie was born Feb. 20, 1921, in Mazeppa, to Henry and Erma (Langworthy) Yennie. He was three years old when his family moved to Kenosha, Wis., where he lived until he was 14. His family moved to a farm in rural West Concord, where he graduated from West Concord High School in 1938. The Yennies then relocated to rural Pine Island, where he helped his family on the farm. Norbert was married on March 30, 1948, at Sacred Heart Church in Fairbault, to Donna Jean Haug. Following their marriage, the couple moved to a farm in rural Pine Island, where they began raising their family and farmed. In 1957, they moved to a farm in rural Byron, where they continued to make their home for many years. Mr. Yennie was a lifelong farmer and also was employed at the Byron Lumberyard for 16 years, retiring from farming in the mid 1980s. Mrs. Yennie was a farmwife and homemaker and was also employed as an R.N. at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, and at the Stewartville Care Center for a number of years.
The Yennies were both charter members of Christ the King Catholic Church in Byron, and Norbert was an active volunteer when the new rectory was built by parishoners. He and Donna enjoyed traveling together following their retirements. Mrs. Yennie died Feb. 15, 2008, and Norbert moved to the Stewartvilla Apartments in 2012. He enjoyed gardening, following sports, playing cards and word games. He loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Yennie family would like to thank the entire staff of the Stewartville Care Center for their dedicated care of Norbert.
Norbert is survived by two sons, David (Kathleen) of Byron and Bob of Rochester; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-laws, Patti Yennie of Souix Falls, S.D. and Judy Yennie of Gilbert, Ariz.; a sister, Lois (Jim) Scripture and brother, Lyle (Janie) Yennie, both of Pine Island; and two brothers-in-law, Hap Gower of Texas and Sydney Ronningen of Zumbrota.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna, two sons, Jim and Norbert Charles "Charlie," his parents and two sisters, Eileen Gower and Ruth Ronningen.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. griffin-gray.com.
Published in The Post-Bulletin from Apr. 10 to Apr. 14, 2014